Role of bass in music?

Discussion in 'Miscellaneous [BG]' started by anton970204, Jun 2, 2003.

  1. I'm doing an oral presentation on the role of bass in music and I was wondering if you guys had any good sites I should visit or any other sources that I should look into. I'm going to play some songs as a demo, in different styles and such, if you guys have any ideas, please feel free to chime in.
    thanks a lot
  2. Mike Money

    Mike Money Banned

    Mar 18, 2003
    Bakersfield California
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    It is a groove tool!
  3. Wrong Robot

    Wrong Robot Guest

    Apr 8, 2002
    Long obnoxious solos.
  4. temp5897

    temp5897 Guest

    Damn you! You stole my answer. :mad:

  5. Christopher


    Apr 28, 2000
    New York, NY
    Ed Friedland said something profound about the function of the bass, but I think he appropriated it from someone else. Essentially, bass has three functions, each layered on top of the other:

    1) Establishes pulse;

    2) Defines the form of song;

    3) Defines the harmonic content of the song.

    If you lose sight of the chords, you can still keep the form. If you lose sight of the form, you can still keep the pulse. But whatever you do, don't stop playing, or you'll lose the pulse, which is the most basic function of the bass.